Chokehold: Policing Black Men
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Date: July 2017
Duration: 8 hours 54 minutes
Chokehold does for policing what The New Jim Crow did for mass incarceration. The fact is, cops, politicians, and ordinary people are afraid of black men. The result is the Chokehold: laws and practices that treat every black man like a thug. In this explosive new book, an African American former prosecutor shows that the system is working exactly the way it's supposed to. Black men are always under watch, and police violence is widespread-and it's all perfectly legal.
In his no-holds-barred style, Butler, whose scholarship has been featured on 60 Minutes and published widely, uses new data to demonstrate that white men commit the majority of violent crimes in the United States. For example, a white woman is ten times more likely to be raped by a white male acquaintance than to be the victim of a violent crime perpetrated by a black man. Butler also frankly discusses the problem of black male violence and how to keep communities safer-without relying as much on police.
Chokehold includes an honest guide for black men about how to stay out of the criminal justice system-and how to deal with police, prosecutors, and defense attorneys if they do catch a case-and powerfully demonstrates why current efforts to reform the police will not create lasting change. Butler's controversial recommendations about prison abolition, how to crash the system in the age of Trump, and when it's better for a black man to plead guilty-even if he's innocent-are sure to be game-changers in the national debate about policing, criminal justice, and race.